The Philadelphia Phillies organization announced the official nominees for this year’s Wall of Fame induction. Fan voting is now underway and will last all of this current month of February.
Fans can vote at the official Phillies website at this link:
Once at the link you can read bios of the nominees in the form of their career statistics and video highlights of each. Fans will vote for their top three nominees, with your first-place vote worth five points, your second-place vote worth three points, and your third-place vote worth one point.
The five nominees receiving the highest points total in fan voting will then move on to an official finalist ballot. That five-person ballot will be considered by a special Wall of Fame Selection Committee that will make the final choice on this year’s honoree.
The Phillies also announced new qualifications for the Wall of Fame as follows:
“Players, managers and coaches with four or more years of service are eligible. All candidates must be retired for three years before they can be eligible. In addition to a player’s statistical record, consideration is given to longevity, ability, contributions to the Phillies and baseball, character, plus special achievements.”
As you can see from those requirements, Carlos Ruiz would not be eligible. The popular ‘Chooch’ was the clear winner of a recent poll conducted to determine the Phillies Nation fan choice for the next honoree on the Wall of Fame. However, Ruiz has not been officially retired for three years.
The 10 fan-ballot nominees for 2019 include a pair of teammates from the 1980 World Series champions, three turn-of-the-century stars, a two-tenure infielder, a longtime coach, a pennant-winning skipper, and a pair of shutdown closers.
The two 1980 World Series players nominated are second baseman Manny Trillo and right fielder Bake McBride. The three players whose Phillies careers spanned the end of the 20th century into the start of the 21st are Bobby Abreu, Scott Rolen, and Doug Glanville.
Placido Polanco, who played with the Phillies in the early 2000’s and then returned at the start of the 2010’s, is also on the ballot. The two shutdown closers are Steve Bedrosian, who won the 1987 NL Cy Young Award while with the Phillies, and 1970’s-era reliever Gene Garber.
From the coaching ranks, the 2005-13 pitching coach Rich Dubee made it on to the ballot. He is joined by the late manager of ‘Macho Row’, Jim Fregosi. The popular skipper of the 1993 NL pennant-winners is the lone deceased nominee on this year’s ballot.
My own three votes are going in this order: 1 – Abreu, 2 – Rolen, 3 – Trillo. For me, the choice of Abreu is an easy one. Over nine seasons with the Phillies, Abreu slashed .303/.416/.513 with 195 homers and 348 doubles. He produced 814 RBI, 891 runs scored, and a .928 OPS.
Abreu was a 2004-05 NL All-Star and became the winner of the 2005 Home Run Derby with a historic performance. He was also a 2004 NL Silver Slugger Award and 2005 NL Gold Glove Award winner and received NL MVP votes during five of his Phillies seasons.
On April 12, 2004 in the first inning of the Phillies first-ever regular season game at Citizens Bank Park, Abreu took Cincinnati Reds pitcher Paul Wilson out to left field. The opposite-field bomb was the first official home run in the history of the new South Philly ball park.
Go to the above link and cast your vote today. And then share your choices with us here as a comment or on social media. Let us know not only who you voted for as your three choices but give us the “why” for your top choice to become the 2019 Phillies Wall of Fame honoree.
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